12 spots for outdoor ice skating

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Worcester Common Oval

Ice skating is suited for all ages and can make for a relatively inexpensive family outing. And, there’s just something about an open-air rink that’s a winter delight. So grab the kids and bundle up for some frozen fun. Here’s 12 of our favorite outdoor rinks. 

Worcester Common Oval - Worcester 

The 12,000-square-foot rink, (4,000 square feet larger than the size of the Rink at Rockefeller Center) is complete with amenities such as piped-in music, skate rentals, holiday lights and more. Open Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-6 p.m. $5 admission, free for kids under 6, $5 skate rentals. More info 


Skating at Barrett Park - Leominster 

The city’s recreation department clears the ice on Barrett Pond and provides lighting for night skating. Bring your own skates and enjoy free skating until 9 p.m. during the skating season. Skating begins once the ice is thick enough to be safe -- watch for “No Skating” signs. Contact the recreation department for more information. More info


Elm Park - Worcester 

Lace up your skates for a free glide on one of the ponds on the eastern side of the Worcester’s 58-acre Elm Park. Skating is weather and ice dependent and can change daily throughout the year. Check with the parks department if you’re unsure. More info


Fletcher Park Rink - Lexington 

This open-air rink in Lexington center is free and open to all from dawn to dusk, as conditions allow. The family-friendly rink is stocked with milk crates to stack for and let unsteady little ones hold on to, but you’ll need to bring your own skates. More info


Sturbridge Town Common - Sturbridge 

An open-air rink on the town’s picturesque common is open for free each winter from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Bring your own skates. A “Skate Night Under the Lights” with the town’s fire department is in the works for this year -- follow the recreation department on Facebook for details to be announced. More info


Boston Common Frog Pond - Boston 

Take an outside glide with unbeatable skyline views. The Frog Pond, situated in the heart of the nation’s oldest public park, was voted the No. 1 Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in the Country by USA Today. Skate rentals and sharpening,“skating seals” for unsteady kiddos, lockers and hot cocoa are available on site. Open Monday 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: Based on skaters height; $6 for 58-inches and over; free for under 58-inches. Rentals: $12 adults, $6 kids. More info


The Rink at 401 Park - Boston

This new 6,000-square-foot rink is the first-ever public ice skating rink in Boston’s bustling Fenway neighborhood. Special programming at the space includes theme nights, live DJs, skating lessons, and sporting events. The rink is open 7 days a week. Discounted tickets available for students, seniors, and skaters ages 18 and younger. More info


Community Skating at Kendall Square - Cambridge 

Just minutes from downtown Boston, this seasonal rink in the heart East Cambridge offers skate rentals, lessons, and private rink rentals. Hot drinks and concessions sold at the snack bar. Locker and skate rentals, skate sharpening and season passes available. Open Monday 12-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 12-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, $1 children 13 & under, $8 or $5 skate rentals. More info


Kelly Skating Rink - Jamaica Plain 

This outdoor rink right at the center of Jamaica Plain has an urban neighborhood feel. Trains run nearby and music pumps through speakers at this DCR run rink. The best part? The price: free if you bring your own skates. Open Sunday-Friday 12-7:30 p.m., Saturday 1-7:30 p.m.  $2 kids skate rentals, $3 adult skate rentals. More info


Jack Kirrane Skating Rink - Brookline 

Enjoy skating to music during the day or under the lights at night. You can warm up in a heated pavilion after hitting the ice and refuel with hot cocoa and treats from the snack bar. Open Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:30 .m., Friday 8-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12-5 p.m. $6 residents, $8 non-residents, free for kids under 2, $6 skate rentals. More info


MarketStreet Lynnfield Rink - Lynnfield 

This classic rink is set at the center of the North Shore’s largest open-air shopping center. The rink is illuminated by snowflake lights and features festive music. A 200-ton refrigeration unit ensures optimal ice temperature, even in warmer temperatures. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4-9 p.m., Wednesday 1-9 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $8 adults, $6 kids 12 and under, free for kids under 3, $4 skate rentals. More info


Winter Skate at Patriot Place - Foxborough

Glide across the ice in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Offering day and evening public skating, Winter Skate also has an observation for non-skaters. Onsite skate rentals, concessions and bathrooms are available and parking is free. Open Monday-Wednesday 4-9 p.m., Thursday 4-5:45 p.m., Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. $10 adults, $6 children 12 and under, $6 seniors, $5 skate rentals. More info